Viewers and clients have suggested that Doc’s Wiley’s illustrations have “heart connections” and cite an emphasis on history, research, image creativity, accuracy, and detail…and, maybe even the “elevation” of the lowly pencil.
It’s the strong “heart connection” thing that’s the draw though.
We like that, and think that plays into what makes Doc’s images compelling and meaningful.
To showcase this the following illustrations are provided with viewer / client comments:
Done for a family member as a gift for her sister who is from Decatur, Illinois…
“That HAD to be difficult to make that octagonal building look right.”
“I actually rode on a Greyhound Bus like that!”
“Never knew that there was such a thing as a Transfer House or that central Illinois had Trollies.”
“Wow, I want that ’40 Ford Convertible!”
“Arcades? That’s where people spent time in 1940?”
“Saw the American Flags – then read the description and realized this was the 4th Of July just before the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. It made me think how calm it was before the storm.”
Done for a much-loved Civil War re-enactor who was undergoing heavy chemo therapy. No worries now though – he’s in remission! We participated in the 150th Gettysburg Re-Enactment together, and this drawing spawned the series of Gettysburg Illustrations still in progress.
“Dennis looks like Dennis – and Brian looks like Brian – just as underweight as a Confederate Sergeant and Boy Drummer would’ve been!”
“That’s Dennis’ own Springfield Musket isn’t it?”
“You even correctly got Armistead’s Hat on the tip of his sword – unlike the movie.”
“There were dogs on the battlefield… …really?”
“It’s not politically correct – but I like that Confederate Flag.”
“Over 500 soldiers shown? Wow Doc, get a life!”
“Love that this is on your Business Card.”
Done as a book illustration for a close college friend… …a promise kept from long ago.
“The flagman stood on the track then? Photographers could get that close too? Dangerous.”
“Knew about the Marmon – but did not know why it was so innovative.”
“Really cool that the Marmon was the first race car with a rearview mirror – and that it is in the Indy Museum in Indianapolis today!”
“Had forgotten that the track was paved in all-brick then – and didn’t know about the sand.”
Done to honor the many “Watchmen On The Wall” in the Military and Department Of Defense.
“How much time in this? 600 Hours? What? Don’t you have a day job Doc?”
“Can’t take my eyes off it. Keep finding things family members used.”
“Found the kitchen sink, but can’t find the Pet Rock mentioned in the Inventory List. Is it really there?
“Tuskegee Airman honored – a nod to diversity in a very good way.”
“My overactive daughters went silent for almost two hours when I spread out the full-sized print on the kitchen table. If for nothing else, I got relief! Well done Doc!”
“Gotta give this to my Grandfather right away. He served in a Sherman Tank in World War II.”
“A Confederate hybrid-fuel rocket launched at D.C.? NO WAY!”
Heart Connections On Steroids – which makes the effort more than worthwhile.
My illustrations and descriptions of each are filled with such…
Love you America!